President Obama to Honor Gun Victims With Empty Seat in First Lady’s Section During SOTU Address


President Obama is making large efforts to dedicate his last year in office to taking executive action on gun control. In fact, one of the more immediate steps he’s taking to address the issue will take place this Tuesday during the State of the Union address. According to The Huffington Post, White House administrators plan to leave a seat empty in the first lady’s box to honor slain victims due to gun violence.

A White House official said the seat will be left empty to give victims a voice, “because they need the rest of us to speak for them. To tell their stories. To honor their memory. To support the Americans whose lives have been forever changed by the terrible ripple effect of gun violence—survivors who’ve had to learn to live with a disability, or without the love of their life. To remind every single one of our representatives that it’s their responsibility to do something about this.”

Historically, the White House spends a significant amount of time deciding who will sit next to the first lady, but this year, the high-profile spot will reflect a larger issue with the hopes to eventually close holes in the federal background check system for gun purchases.

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SOURCE: Essence – Deena Campbell